Our early years assessment & therapy team work in partnership with families

We provide a range of children’s services to promote the development, well-being and opportunities for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a development delay, intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome and other disabilities or additional needs. Our wide range of programs and therapy services can help develop your child’s communication, learning, self help skills, gross and fine motor skills, sensory awareness, social skills and behaviour issues.

They are servicing not only the person with the disability but very much the family too. – Michael, parent

Early Intervention for Autism

Early intervention is very important for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental concerns, as it can greatly help promote their development and inclusion.

Generally, early intervention is more effective the younger the child is when they begin.  Gateways Early Childhood Intervention Services are provided to children (0-7 years) with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a development delay, intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome and other disabilities or additional needs.  This service is available  in the Geelong, Surf Coast, Colac Otway regions, Werribee, Braybrook and Western Melbourne, Warrnambool and the  South West.

What are Gateways Early Childhood Intervention Services?

Gateways Early Childhood Intervention Services are a coordinated range of services provided to children with developmental delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder or a diagnosed disability, and their families.

The aim of these services is to help develop the child’s:

  • Communication
  • Learning skills
  • Self help skills
  • Sensory awareness
  • Social skills
  • Behaviour

Who are part of the Gateways Early Childhood Intervention Team?

Gateways has a multi-disciplinary Early Childhood Intervention Team who will work closely with you to to support your child.

  • Speech Pathologist
    Our speech pathologists can assess and provide strategies to promote communication development and eating skills. This may include understanding and using spoken language, and or alternative communication methods and social stories to promote understanding.
  • Psychologist
    Our psychologist in early intervention can assist you with positive behaviour support programs and developmental assessment as well providing general support to families.
  • Occupational Therapist
    Our occupational therapists can assist by assessing needs and developing strategies in the areas of independence skills (eg dressing, toileting, using utensils), fine motor skills, sensory issues, and advice re appropriate equipment.
  • Key Worker
    Our key workers are the main professional providing early intervention support to children with a trans-disciplinary NDIS package and their families. The Key Worker can provide information about the range of funded and unfunded services which families can access. This empowers families to make informed choices. The Key Worker can also coordinate supports chosen by families.

Where can I access these services?

A coordinated therapy program, which is consistently integrated into home and kinder or childcare settings, is important to ensure the best results. Families can choose the combination of Early Childhood Intervention Services that best suits their situation. Services can be provided at:

  • The family home
  • The child’s kindergarten
  • A childcare centre
  • Family Day Care
  • Gateways offices
  • The Gateways Children’s Centre at Grovedale; or,
  • Other locations requested by the family.

What is the Gateways’ Service Philosophy?

At Gateways we understand that every child and family is unique, so we aim to develop programs that best suit the needs of each individual family. Working in partnership together, makes best use of the skills and knowledge of the family and professionals.

We conduct an assessment of needs with each family to develop a service plan that responds to the family’s priorities.

Research and experience has shown that functional life skills and play activities practised in a range of real life situations allow the child to learn by doing. We are also mindful of the fact that families need to look after, and balance, the needs of the whole family.

How do I find out more information?

For more details about Gateways Early Intervention Services contact Gateways Therapy & Inclusion Support Manager.

 

Early Intervention Group Programs

Early Intervention Therapy Playgroups are currently only available in the Geelong region and are designed for families with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), developmental delay, high sensory and communication needs and significant behavioural issues. They provide children with the chance to play, learn new skills and socialise with other children, in an environment suited to children with additional needs.

Gateways Support Services offers a variety of Early Intervention Therapy Playgroups in Geelong, including Stepping Stones and Gateways Early Learning Program (ELP) for kindergarten-aged children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and other additional needs. Our Kinder Playmates Group Program is for children currently attending a mainstream kindergarten program.

Gateways Early Intervention Therapy Playgroups are run as a partnership between families and staff, with parents often working alongside staff during the sessions.

Contact Gateways to find out more about our group programs.

Stepping Stones Therapy Playgroup Geelong (Pre-kinder)

Gateways Stepping Stones is a therapy playgroup for children who are pre-kinder age and have a developmental delay and or specific diagnosis.

Stepping Stones is conducted jointly by an occupational therapist and speech pathologist. They will work in partnership with you and your child, during the sessions to develop the following key skills:

  • Social skills developed through specific activities
  • Communication including gaining eye contact and attention, basic signing, following simple routines and directions, developing language skills
  • Learning & thinking developing problem solving, thinking and play skills through imaginative play, imitation and visual activities.
  • Sensory development through activities including finger painting, climbing, rocking and spinning
  • Physical skills that develop gross and fine motor skills including moving through equipment, dancing, jumping, puzzles, painting and drawing.
  • Self care including eating and drinking, following hygiene routines, dressing and toileting.

Each session addresses a range of the above developmental skills and will include indoor play, group music and reading books,  snack time as well as outdoor play.

The group also gives parents a chance to share ideas and talk with other families attending the playgroup.

Where is Stepping Stones held?

The Stepping Stones group meets on a Thursday morning from 9.15am until 11.15am during the school term at the Greenville Children’s Centre, Greenville Drive in Grovedale.

Little Hoppers Therapy Playgroup Geelong (Pre Kinder)

Gateways Little Hoppers program is a therapy playgroup for children who are pre-kinder age and have a developmental delay and or specific diagnosis.

Little Hoppers is conducted jointly by an occupational therapist and speech pathologist. They will work in partnership with you and your child, during the sessions to develop the following key skills:

  • Social skills developed through specific activities
  • Communication including gaining eye contact and attention, basic signing, following simple routines and directions, developing language skills
  • Learning & thinking developing problem solving, thinking and play skills through imaginative play, imitation and visual activities.
  • Sensory development through activities including finger painting, climbing, rocking and spinning
  • Physical skills that develop gross and fine motor skills including moving through equipment, dancing, jumping, puzzles, painting and drawing.
  • Self care including eating and drinking, following hygiene routines, dressing and toileting.

Each session addresses a range of the above developmental skills and will include indoor play, group music and reading books,  snack time as well as outdoor play.

The group also gives parents a chance to share ideas and talk with other families attending the playgroup.

Where is Little Hoppers held?

The Little Hoppers group meets on a Monday morning from 9.30am until 11.30am during the school term at the Norlane Child & Family Centre at 52-56 Gerbera Avenue Norlane.

How do I find out more?

To register your interest in Gateways Little Hoppers Group Program, please complete and submit the playgroup registration form to us.

For more information about Little Hoppers contact the Gateways Therapy & Inclusion Support Manager  To register your interest in Gateways Stepping Stones Group Program, please complete and submit the registration form to us.

 

Kinder Playmates Therapy Group Geelong (4 year olds)

Gateways Kinder Playmates Group Program is for children attending a 4 year old Kindergarten program.

The program is designed by Gateways psychologists and speech pathologists. It offers your child a small group situation where they can enhance their social and communication skills, including playing with other children, turn taking, sharing and problem solving.

The program is suitable for children who:

  • have a diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • have social/emotional learning difficulties
  • are currently attending a 4 year old kinder program

Where is Kinder Playmates group program held?

Playmates group program takes place during Term 2 and Term 3 at the Greenville Children’s Centre, Greenville Drive in Grovedale – Geelong.

Each term there are 10 sessions, with 2 parent sessions and 8 children’s sessions. A goals and outcomes report is provided for each session.

How do I find out more?

Download the Kinder Playmates Therapy Group – Geelong Flyer or to register your interest  please complete and submit the registration form Download the Kinder Playmates Group Program registration form.

For more information about our Playmates Group Program contact Gateways Therapy & Inclusion Support Manager.

Kinder playmates gives you ideas to work on at home with your child and a chance to meet other families in the same or similar situation – parent

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